Academies once cultivated talent discovered in the few for the good of society—apprentices, born in poverty or not—started with talent.
Today, academies serve the opposite purpose—anyone willing to go into debt defines the art school: cultivating talent into genius (or genius into talent) is not the purpose at all; today’s academy instead is a sandbox that collects money; the child who hates science, math, people, and literature, a mere slob, but who fancies “art,” goes to “art” school.
This venture is loved by the Left, because it is democratic and gives every slob a chance, and loved by the Right because it makes money.
Thus today’s academy is fully supported politically despite being the most loathsome venture on earth.
Common sense no longer applies, for institutions and systems are administered on “agreement” between Leftist benevolence on one hand, and Rightist monetary gain, on the other.
What is good for society at large has no say: all that counts is that the exaggerated principles of the two parties see eye to eye: 1) Does it give every slob a chance? 2) Does it rob them, as well?
Liberal arts, writing, and art education is vanity—we “go to college” to impress family and friends with the phrase, “I am studying,” and great amounts of debt purchase this vanity.
Once there was one Hogarth in a million. Now everyone is an Andy Warhol.